Who’s up for a walk?

Science shows that spending time outdoors can actually make you healthier.

Escaping to the woods, mountains or even your local park positively supports both your body and your mind. And psychologists and health researchers are finding more and more science-backed reasons we should spend time outside.

Research conducted at the University of Essex showed that the colour green, such as that found on trees, grass and other plants in nature, makes exercise feel easier. The small study tested cyclists pedalling in front of green, grey and red images. Those exercising in front of the green showed less mood disturbances and reported that they felt lower exertion during their cycling.

Most of us are aware that a quick walk around the block does wonders for the mind. But what a new study reveals is that if you want to come back with your brain power enhanced, the scenery en route really matters.

Not only this…..as taking a stroll can also increase creativityResearch published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology found that walking increases creative production. And while walking anywhere — whether through the woods or in town — is beneficial in that it prompts creativity.

Spending time in nature has been shown to lower stress levels so what are we waiting for? Who’s joining us on a scenic walk?

Better yet….why not join us on our Cycling the Globe? Have a look at the poster below!

Harmless and the Tomorrow Project supporting Health Care Professionals.

Representative from Harmless and the Tomorrow Project attended the National HealthWatch 2017 Conference at the East Midlands Conference Centre last week.

We were given the opportunity to talk to health and social care professional from across the country, raising awareness of the wonderful work that we do.

On our stand we provided information about the Crisis Support  and the Bereavement Care provided by the Tomorrow Project,  the specialist training provided by Let’s Talk Training   and  the therapeutic support provided to individuals who self harm, their friends, families and professionals.

You are invited to Cafe Connect at night – Sunday 23rd July from 6pm – 8:30pm

An evening of spoken word, presentations, questions and answers all about self-harm and eating disorders.

Find out more about the exciting project we have been doing through Café Connect working with young people with lived experience of these issues who have become part of our research team.

Whether you’re someone with personal experience of self-harm or eating disorders, a relative, academic, teacher, social worker… we want to share with you our findings from Cafe Connect.

There will be time to ask questions informally, have refreshments, hear some amazing spoken word and meet academic experts as well as those with personal experience.

To secure your FREE ticket please register your details here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cafe-connect-a-night-of-findings-tickets-35234907557

CYCLING TO SAVE LIVES! WE CHALLENGE…YOU!

The circumference of the world is 40,075 kilometres or 24,900 miles. The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) started Cycle Around The Globe four years ago to see if as a community we can come together. Now four years on from the first success, the next challenge is to cycle 4X around the globe, 163km or 99.60k Mi.

 The challenge is to see if we can all contribute to collectively cycle this distance for World Suicide Prevention Day. Please join us and help us reach this target. It does not matter how far you can cycle, every kilometre or mile will be added to the total and there are no limits, you can cycle at home, in the gym or outside, you can even walk.

 The activity is about global community and spreading awareness of the importance of suicide prevention. In the UK alone there were 6,188 suicides, and this just shows the real need for us as a community to come together.

If you would like to take part click here for the sponsorship form and sign up. Let us know by emailing info@harmless.org.uk or phoning 0115 934 8445.

All the money raised goes directly to Harmless & The Tomorrow Project and provides therapeutic services.

*Official participant printed labels for your t-shirts are available to print off*

Join us and Cycle of WSPD and show the world we are all connected in the aim of preventing suicide.

https://iasp.info/wspd2017/cycle-around-globe/

Get your tickets to our 10th Anniversary Celebration Event on 7th October 2017!

 

 

Join us on Saturday 7th October to celebrate 10 years of Harmless!

Thank you to those who have already purchased their tickets to the event!

To mark the 10th anniversary of Harmless and a successful 5th year of the Tomorrow Project, we’ll be holding our annual celebration event on Saturday 7th October 2017 at Ruddington Grange Golf Club.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS 

The Venue:

Ruddington Grange Golf Club, Wilford Road, Ruddington, NG11 6NB

 

The Date:

Saturday 7th October 2017

 

The Time(s):

6:30pm arrival for a 7:00pm start

 

The Cost:

£40.00 per head

 

The Event:

Three course meal with raffle, silent auction, games and live music from the Monroe Acoustic Duo and the Monroe Band featuring Polly Yates.

 

Click here to watch a video of the Monroe Band

 

Dress Code:

Smart

 

The purpose:

To raise enough money to save more lives.

 

If you would like more information on the event, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0115 934 8445 or you can send an email to admin@harmless.org.uk

Head on down to John Lewis and Waitrose in Nottingham to vote for Harmless!

Community Matters, May – August

The team at Harmless work tirelessly each day to support the local and wider community who are struggling with their mental and emotional wellbeing, self harm and those at risk of suicide. The work we do is critical and ultimately it saves lives. At Harmless we know mental health doesn’t discriminate, so neither do we.

We are very excited to have been selected by John Lewis and Waitrose to be part of the Community Matters scheme. The scheme running for four months, has £3000 to share between three organisations, and the pot of money is divided by the amount of tokens placed in each organisations pot.

We are a non profit organisation and rely on the support on the community to keep our life saving services afloat. Help us save lives by popping into John Lewis/Waitrose and putting a green token in the pot! Every single coin will make a difference and you really will be helping us save lives.

Would you like to join the Harmless as a Specialist Therapist or Project Worker?

We are currently recruiting for the following positions to join the Harmless team:

Specialist Therapist

Project Worker

The deadline for applications is 24th July 2017, with interviews to take place  Wednesday 2nd August 2017

For an application form and job description, or for more information please email admin@harmless.org.uk or call 0115 934 8445 (admin line only). Please include the job title you are applying for in your email.

 

JOB TITLE: Specialist Therapist

HOURS: Up to 37.5 hours per week

SALARY: £23,250 per annum

START DATE: 1st September 2017

This position has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

MAIN PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF THE JOB

  • To provide therapy for 12 to 24 weeks across Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire to clients who experience mental health problems, depression and anxiety, and/or that self harm or are at risk of self harm and suicide.
  • To be responsible for fully assessing individual needs, implementing/agreeing care plan or equivalent and developing a safety plan.
  • Engage in activities that promote Psychological wellbeing (including maintain/promote physical and mental health); Social Functioning (including social activity, employment and education); Resilience (looking at helping an individual cope and resolve some of their difficulties); Help-Seeking (Ensuring individuals are able to access support from a variety of sources and ultimately reduces risk to that individual including self-harm and suicide).
  • To work collaboratively and assertively with the communities and environments where a person is already in contact to provide information, containment and enhance a collaborative recovery approach for the person experiencing distress and self harm.
  • To support the clinical and support services manager to uphold the short term, medium term and long term organisational and clinical and support services objectives.

 

JOB TITLE: Project Worker

HOURS: Up to 37.5 hours per week

SALARY: £20,000 per annum

START DATE: 1st September 2017

This position has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

Job Description

MAIN PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF THE JOB

  • The project worker will work with clients and engage in activities that promote:
    • Psychological wellbeing (include maintain/promote physical and mental wellbeing).
    • Social functioning (including social activity, employment/education).
    • Resilience (looking at helping an individual cope and resolve some of their difficulties).
    • Help seeking (ensuring individuals are able to access support from a variety of sources and ultimately reduces risk to that individual – including self harm and suicide).
  • Responsibility for fully assessing individual needs, Implementing/agreeing care plan or equivalent and develop a safety plan
  • To provide an assertive outreach approach across Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, to promote a preventative and early intervention approach around the issues of self harm and suicide.
  • To work collaboratively with communities of need to promote health and recovery amongst individuals by using and demonstrating a range of non-clinical interventions that promote coping and resilience.
  • To support the recovery of service users by engaging in activities and practical support that will improve the quality of life, for instance support employment, social engagement, advocacy and housing.
  • To support the Clinical and Support services manager to uphold the short term, medium term and long term organisational and the clinical and support team’s objectives.

For an application form and job description, or for more information please email admin@harmless.org.uk or call 0115 934 8445 (admin line only). Please include the job title you are applying for in your email.

The dates for the *NEW* catch up café are here!

We held a focus group with clients who regularly attended our drop in sessions. We discovered a need and want for a safe, comfortable space to catch up with one another, lots of brainstorming occurred about what the clients would like to see, thus, the catch up café was born, along with the phrase ‘C U at the CUC’.

At harmless, we have created a warm, welcoming and encouraging environment for our clients to come and chat amongst each other, along with our friendly staff.

Dates:

July 19th – 2-3pm

August 16th – 1.30-2.30pm

September 20th – 3-4pm

The cafes are aimed at those 18+. Our staff will be on hand to provide information on how our service can support you and those you know. They will take place once a month at our Nottingham city office.

See you at the Catch Up Café!

Summer Briefings for Education Safeguarding Leads in Lincoln

Last week marked the first two of five Summer Briefings for Education Safeguarding Leads in Lincoln. We joined forces with Lincolnshire County Council, Digital Media Edge and NSPCC to talk about how we can support their staff, young people they work with and parents and carers. Both days were informative and rewarding offering many new and hopeful working relationships as well as enabling Harmless and the Tomorrow project to offer provision to a client group that would not necessarily have been reachable.

Come on down to the Café Connect on 29th or 30th June to be part of an Eating issues focus group

The self harm research group are holding a Café Connect focus group at the Nottingham Contemporary from 12pm-2pm on 29th or 30th June, around the topic of Eating Issues. Harmless will be in attendance to provide support.

Please contact Blandine French (llxbf5@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk), the Café Connect Researcher for the project, to book your place if you’d like to take part.

In the groups (which will last up to one hour) we will be discussing how to adapt our Card Sort Task for Self-Harm (CaTS) for eating issues.  You do not have to have received a diagnosis or have received treatment for eating issues to take part – but we are looking for people who have struggled with eating issues to take part.